for good home cooking you HAVE to try Tropical Carribbean Cafe in Pasadena. It's on Lake Ave. in the "south lake district". it's easy to miss amongst the line of storefronts and the outside has cheesy signage and the decor is strange, but i think it just makes it better. doesn't get caught up in trends...just serves up really really good food. try the yucca appetizer, passionfruit juice and papa rellenos.
the chicken salad is also really good. i don't think there's anything bad on that menu.